Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An Open Letter to Hershey's: Why You Must Not Ban Our Cadbury Imports

Dear The Hershey Company,

Your chocolate is inferior.   

Sincerely,
A British expat.

 

 

This letter was composed with great care by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

36 comments:

Diana said...

Agreed, from another British expat, who grew up on the original Cadbury's chocolate.
Shame on you Hershey.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! Love it ��

donnaW said...

Amen.......i totally agree.

Anonymous said...

I am an American and I know Hersheys is inferior. There is a big difference in American chocolate versus European chocolate. Ours is sugary and yours is chocolate cream. That Hershey actually used Cadbury's recipe and altered it proves that they aren't trying to make the best chocolate. I really find it hard to believe that one company can dictate what chocolate and candy can come into the US.

Anonymous said...

Well said. I'm an American and I wholeheartedly agree with you!

Rebekah said...

It most certainly is that. It is also not as healthful and not nearly as delicious either. If the Americans did not fear such superior product, they would not be forced to abandon their "capitalist" principles and refuse fair competition. As an American who found her first UK Cadbury a revelation, I am disgusted by the judge's patently unfair decision. The current price of a single UK Cadbury on Amazon.com ($8.50!) is proof that a great product is valued by everyone, not only Brits. These will now be the birthday gifts most in demand at our house.

Rebekah said...

Here here!

Anonymous said...

Another American here who agrees with you wholeheartedly. And, not only is the British chocolate vastly superior, the ban on importing it will severely hurt a number of small American businesses that cater to expats and Americans with excellent taste in chocolate. Shame on you, Hershey. Way to step on the little guy.

Rebekah said...

So much for "market forces" so important to Capitalism!

Julia said...

I don't think most Americans consider Hershey's chocolate to be quality chocolate. Yes, Cadbury makes a better chocolate product but I find it rather dull when compared to the consistently excellent and far superior chocolate made in German, Belgium, and Switzerland.

Sandra said...

I agree with most of the comments here. Certainly chocolate produced by Cadbury's and Rowntree's (now Nestle) in the UK are far superior. Having lived in York for several years, I consider myself an expert! Home of the Kit-Kat, Polo Mints, Smarties (real smarties), and many other sweets. Also home to the original Terry's Chocolate Orange.

Anonymous said...

Hershey's chocolate is now made in Mexico.

Thomas Puckett said...

I would rather pay more to have Cadbury's imported then to have the junk made in the USA. Hershey's needs to learn to make descent chocolate.

CADBURY FRUIT AND NUT said...

NOTHING compares to Cadbury's milk chocolate. I won't buy Hershey garbage

Anonymous said...

I want my Cadbury's back, the real chocolate, not wax!!!

Melanie Miller said...

Hershey's is acting like a spoiled child. Grow up

Anonymous said...

Tony McLaughlin
Glad to see that most of you agree Cadbury Chocolate is a far superior product nutritionally and taste, to the point that Hershey are threatened by there own inferior product.

Alura Wilson said...

Go ahead and ban it. I have already mapped out my next career as a chocolate bootlegger. I figure four trips a year to Canada should pay my mortgage. For variety, I may take short cruises to the British Virgins, or Bermuda, or the Caymans. I will be hiring chocolate mules.

Rebekah said...

So much for "market forces" so important to Capitalism!

Anonymous said...

Another American who agrees with you entirely. It's worth the extra cost to buy Cadbury at the local British store than anything we have here in the US. Every time I go to England I load up on Cadbury to bring back to the family. I oppose this proposed ban.

Johno said...

Go ahead, ban its import, I much prefer Swiss chocolate to your inferior products. And anyway, would that not be construed as market rigging? Do the Feds know?

Anonymous said...

As long as I have Lindt, Scharffenberger, and Ghirardelli, I don't care what they ban. It's not like Hersheys is getting my money anyways.

Gazz said...

Keep flying the flag Loz. Hershey tastes like sick

Anonymous said...

Sign and share: https://www.change.org/p/hersheys-john-bilbrey-ceo-waheed-zaman-svp-make-the-american-cadbury-s-using-the-same-recipe-as-the-original-uk-version?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=new_petition_recruit#share

Anonymous said...

Me too. Grew up in Michigan and never liked chocolate as a kid. Too sweet and sugary. Moved to the UK as an adult for a few years and discovered why I hated Hershey's. British chocolate is just, plain superior! Does its superiority have you quaking in your boots Hershey's? Probably not - just a case of bully tactics. You can be sure I will now never again buy anything Hershey's (not that I would have anyway).

Anonymous said...

You are taking away a person's statutory right to purchase a product of there own choice. This is all about greed and financial gain for a large corporation. Obviously your products are inferior so you have to play dirty to gain market share and growth!!!!! Shame on you!

Elizabeth West said...

Agreed. I stopped eating their awful excuse for chocolate a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am British and live in England I was unaware of controversy over Cadburys chocolate in the USA until this week. However I plan to visit Orlando in April and was now thinking about taking some bars over just as a treat for the hotel staff etc. Do you think I' ll get mugged of stand in good stead for a free beer.

Mark said...

I'm a Brit and an amateur writer. I wrote this piece last Easter, but it certainly seems topical again now! (mmm, Topic...) http://jeffreykirk.com/2014/04/21/bittersweet-dark-andor-milk-chocolate-memories/

James A.Carter said...

Hershey's you should be ashamed to do this, your chocolate is and always has been inferior to Cadbury's. I will never buy any of your products again and will let others know of your decision. SHAME ON YOU.

Debbie Downer said...

Hershey's insults our intelligence as consumers by saying we are "confused by the similar products and packaging" offered by Cadbury. Uh, we aren't confused. We prefer the other guy because your product is stale and terrible. Also, is Hershey now the Comcast of the chocolate world? Monopolizing the American chocolate market? Go home, Hershey, you're drunk!

Riki said...

I doubt most Americans consider Hershey's to be high quality chocolate. Cadbury is better than Hershey's but isn't all that great, either. Chocolate made in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland is SO much better than Cadbury and is widely available in the US so quit complaining and eat the truly good stuff from those countries.

anjak-j said...

The gross irony being that Cadbury's is owned by an American company - Kraft. And boy has the quality taken a slide since too. That said, it's still a billion times better than the excuse Hershey passes off as "chocolate". (Since Hershey bars go mouldy, they are candy, not chocolate. Real chocolate never goes mouldy, which is why the UK has a thriving trade in chocolate sold cheaply because the best before date has been passed - chocolate that is perfectly edible most of the time.)

Tony said...

That message might be a little too subtle for them though.

Anonymous said...

In uk. Not had Cadburys for few years and tonight realised why when DHbought me a whole nut bar.YUCK YUCK YUCK!!!
syrupy,sickly and where was the cocoa? Cheap Aldis any day and Green and Blacks a real chocolaty treat. Never again Cadburys junk!

thisbritishamericanlife.com said...

Let's be honest. Business is business. Mondel─ôz (and Kraft beforehand), the owners of Cadbury UK, were going to make more money off of licensing the Cadbury name to Hershey rather than shipping their chocolate over and going toe-to-toe with our million and one different kinds of chocolate we have here. They knew they were going to be in a niche market, so leveraging Hershey meant their name would have more exposure, even if the process changed. I am sure when the licensing contract was renegotiated, Cadbury did not put up that big of a fuss.

So don't think Cadbury is losing out in all of this, and they do not care about expats who want chocolate from Old Blighty. So don't pin this all on Hershey. It takes two to negotiate a contract.

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